Big Brother malls using equipment to spy on shoppers via mobile phones


- Technology installed at ten of UK’s biggest malls

- Will track movement but not personal information, developers insist

- Tiny yellow sign only warning of ‘FootPath’ scanners

Sean Poulter
Mail Online

January 5, 2012

Shopping centres have triggered a Big Brother row after installing equipment that allows them to track customers using their mobile phone signals.

The technology has raised privacy concerns after it emerged that major shopping centre owner Land Securities has installed it at ten of Britain’s biggest malls…

… Malls using the FootPath system in the London area include One New Change and New Street Square in the City; Cardinal Place, Victoria; and The Galleria, Hatfield.

Path Intelligence, which developed the system in the UK, said it includes safeguards to prevent spying on individuals and that no personal information is collected.

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